Description: The agogwe is a little, human-like biped reported from the forests of E. Africa. It is about 3-4 feet tall with long arms, long "woolly" hair and It is said to have yellow-reddish skin under its coat which is usually rust colored, although black and grey have been reported. The feet are on average 5 inches long with the big toes being slightly angled and proportionally longer than humans.
Location: East Africa
What are they: All the evidence considered, The Agogwe could be a surviving species of gracile australopithecine, which is a bipedal primate known to science in the fossil record from around 2.5-4.5 million years ago. The description fits what the australopithecine would have looked like very well. The Father of Cryptozoology Bernard Heuvelmans said that it was most likely a surviving gracile Australopithecine.
Reports: One report came around 1900 when a man by the name of
Captain William Hitchens was sent on an official Lion hunt in East
Africa. While waiting for the man-eating Lion he saw:
" two small, brown, furry creatures come from the dense forest on one side of the glade and disappear into the thickets on the other. They were like little men, about four feet high, walking upright, but clad in russet hair."
The native hunter said they were the agogwe. Hichens tried to find them, but to no success in the impenetrable forest. Hichens wrote this in 1937. Because he was severly criticized by various important, public people, a man by the name of Cuthbert Burgoyne wrote a letter to the London magazine Discovery in 1938 saying that he and his wife had seen something similar while coasting Portuguese Africa in a Japanese cargo boat in 1927. They were close enough to the shore where they could view the beach using a "glass of twelve magnifications" they watched a troupe of Baboons feeding and...
" As we watched, two little brown men walked together out of the bush and down amongst the baboons. They were certainly not any known monkey and yet they must have been akin or they would have disturbed the baboons. They were too far away to be seen in great detail, but these small human-like animals were probably between four and five feet tall, quite upright and graceful in figure. At the time I was thrilled as they were quite evidently no beast of which I had heard or read. Later a friend and big game hunter told me he was in the Portuguese East Africa with his wife and three hunters, and saw a mother, father and child, apparently of the same species, walk across the further side of the bush clearing. The natives loudly forbade him to shoot"
"In Tanzania and northern Mozambique, they speak of the Agogure
or Agogue, a human-like, long-armed pygmy with a coat the colour
of fired earth. Although its appearance is grotesque, the Agogue
is said to be more mischievous than menacing. Similar creatures
have been described in Guinea, Sierra Leone, the Ivory Coast and
the Congo Basin."
From an old article in Fortean Times: http://126.96.36.199/articles/111_ape.shtml